Montclair, NJ (9/11/11) – Running back Chris D’Andrea (Union, NJ / Union) and punter Joe Liscio (Little Falls, NJ / Passaic Valley) earned the first two in-season honors for Montclair State as they were named the Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week by the New Jersey Athletic Conference on Sunday.
Both played key roles in helping the No. 11 Red Hawks to an 18-7 season and home-opening win over Salve Regina on Saturday as MSU extended its home winning streak to 12 games overall and 23 regular-season home contests while also capturing their home opener for the 45th time in 81 seasons.
D'Andrea returned to the Montclair State lineup after missing the final eight games of the 2010 campaign with an injury. He kicked off his senior season by rushing 21 times for 239 yards and a pair of touchdown runs of 44 and 75 yards apiece. He also contributed in the passing game with two receptions for 14 yards despite playing just the first three quarters of the game. D’Andrea, who averaged 11.4 yards per carry in the victory, currently leads the NJAC in both rushing yards (239.0) and all-purpose yards (253.0) per game.
Liscio averaged 39.5 yards per punt on four attempts, including three punts which MSU downed inside Salve Regina’s 15 yard line. The Montclair advantage in field position contributed to the Seahawks being held to just 130 yards of total offense in the contest. Liscio, a preseason All-America selection, currently leads the NJAC in punting average (39.5).